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3739_8f84fc2204_small March 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: What one development over the last five years has most changed the way you teach journalism? | Chris Snider: The amount of new tools out there. We could spend all day just teaching the tools and never get through them all, so that has forced me to focus more on the concepts that make good journalism or good design and less on the actual tools. When I was in college, we knew we would graduate and then go use Quark and Photoshop as designers. Now, who knows what programs these students will use in 2-4 years? | SPN: Knowing the exact answer to his question would make you a very wealthy man, but … read more

3737_b97ca50086_small March 5, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Matt Medlock remembers the project that made him recognize the inefficiency of how contract work is financed. "It was for a basement. At the end of the project, I got no bill for 60 days," he said. "I'm a formally trained finance guy. I don't know you, but I know you need this money. What is this guy doing for cash flow?" It can be tough for small-business owners to find time to work their craft and follow-up with an invoice and collect. And what about before the project … read more

3734_33ad037615_small March 5, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines During the course of 54 hours, more than 100 developers, designers and business people congregated in StartupCity Des Moines for a weekend of innovation and creation. They came, they pitched, they built — and on Sunday night they pitched again. The judges deliberated over the 16 startups of Startup Weekend Des Moines, and three were crowned the winners: doodle cloud. An iPhone and iPad app that allows children to snap a photo of a cloud, draw and decorate it with stickers, then send … read more

3733_6a477f3ee1_small March 4, 2012 by Dusty Davidson

Today's Sunday video comes to us via Brad Feld on the Ask the VC blog. In it, Foundry Group partner Ryan McIntyre discusses the beginning and early days at, one of the first internet search engines. These stories from the early days of the internet are really interesting to me, as it's amazing how far things have progressed in a very short … read more

3732_822b0030ed_small March 4, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines The fourth Startup Weekend Des Moines kicked off on Friday night at Startup City Des Moines and by Saturday all work had been focused on fifteen projects. Meet the teams behind them here: 1. NoMoMeeting Who: Matt Heying, project leader; Beau Lyddon, developer; Nick Joyce, developer. What: NoMoMeeting helps developers stay in the zone by eliminating daily status meetings. By aggregating a team’s activities into one group chat, NoMoMeeting lets … read more

3729_82f4e0c11c_small March 3, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (This is a guest post by Collin Caneva.) I've been asked a number of times about raising money in this market. I’m not really sure that I’m the guy to turn to for advice, as what’s worked for me, might not work for you. Everyone's different. First off, the obvious: I don't live in Silicon Valley, New York City, or Austin Texas, etc. So the stories I hear that go like, "I had drinks with so-and-so, told them my idea and right then and there raised $1 million to produce my widget." I'm not sure if that’s how it really is in other places, but if it is, no thank-you. (Remember "easy come, easy go"?) Or the stories about putting together pitch decks, detailed business plans, elaborate presentations, and making sure to drop the right buzz words… not for me either. I'm not saying … read more

March 3, 2012 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

3710_e089bad41a_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any … read more

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